Insights from the Ooyala Global Video Index

Ooyala is one of the top three online video platforms (OVP) and releases a quarterly “video index” that “measures the anonymized viewing habits of viewers in 239 countries and territories, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, around the world,” and reports on those findings. You can download the document at the Ooyala website here. This quarter’s (Q1…

Amazon Transcoder; My Review (Meh!)

On one level, Amazon’s Elastic Transcoder is a finely-tuned service well crafted for the largest sweet spot of the cloud encoding market, Plain Jane H.264 transcoding. On another level, its a service that aimed low from an interface and usability standpoint, and clearly hit its mark. I’m used to the public side of the Amazon…

Data Rates for HEVC Testing

A few weeks ago, I ran a survey to determine the average data rate used by video producers when encoding H.264 to 720p and 1080p resolutions. The thought was, once I knew this, I could encode using HEVC at the half the data rate and compare the quality to see if HEVC lived up to…

Adobe Media Encoder Online Course a “Life Saver”

  My Udemy course entitled, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC, just got its first review, a five-star rating. Reviewer Jill Hoven commented: “The BEST Tutorial on Adobe Media Encoder!! Jan Ozer is already my go-to expert on everything streaming media, but this course quickly and easily helped me resolve an issue that threatened to…

More on MPEG LA HEVC Royalty Policy

My recent column, MPEG LA’s HEVC Licensing Terms Are Flawed, Will Prevent Adoption, has generated lots of comments in the LinkedIn HEVC/H.265 Group. One comment, from Anthony Mai, sparked a lengthy response, which I wanted to share. By way of background, I don’t like the proposed licensing terms for multiple reasons, including: – They don’t match…